Artist of the Day: Alvvays

posted by Matt Jarrells on 09/05/2017

September 5, 2017

Antisocialites, the new album from Toronto based indie pop group Alvvays will be released this Friday. The band was formed in 2011 by childhood friends Molly Rankin, Keri MacLellan and Alec O'Hanley.  Rankin is the daughter of musician John Morris Rankin of the celtic folk band The Rankin. Following a successful performance at SXSW, the band was signed to Polyvinyl Records. It was through Polyvinyl that the band released their breakout self-titled debut album in 2014.

Boosted by the single "Archie, Marry Me", the band was a hit with critics and college radio listeners. Starting in 2015, the band has begun working on a follow-up to their debut. Rankin has described the album as "a fantasy break-up arc". While making the record the band worked to avoid any thoughts related to the dreaded sophomore slump. According to O'Hanley, “We were happy with what our first record did. We were trying desperately not to succumb to ‘The Next Step,'” and that they were “pretty content with who we are, our life. I think on this record, we just tried to write good songs and document them accordingly.”  Alvvays is currently on tour in support of Antisocialites and will appear at Thalia Hall in Chicago on November 3rd and The Magic Stick in Detroit on November 4th.

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